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Irv Smith Jr. start or sit: Week 3 fantasy football advice

We break down the fantasy football outlook of Irv Smith Jr. ahead of the Vikings Week 3 matchup against the Lions.

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Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. had a great weekend in Week 2 following a dud in the season opener, and it will be interesting to see how he is used in Week 3. If you are a fantasy manager with Smith on the roster or are considering picking him up, here’s an overview of what to expect.

Fantasy Football analysis: Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr.

Smith caught 5-of-8 targets for 36 yards and scored a touchdown in Monday night’s 24-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He was targeted twice in the season-opening win over the Green Bay Packers but did not finish with a reception. Smith will face a Detroit Lions defense that allowed Washington Commanders tight end Logan Thomas to catch three passes for 37 yards and a touchdown last weekend.

Start or sit in Week 3?

Smith is best left out of your fantasy lineup this weekend. He is hovering around the top-20 players at the tight end position, so there are not many scenarios where Smith should even be considered.